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Secondary III • 1yr.

Are all the material properties advantageous? For example, why is fragility an advantage?


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  • Explanation from Alloprof

    Explanation from Alloprof

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    Team Alloprof • 1yr.

    Thanks for your question!

    All of the material properties are advantageous at some times and disadvantageous at others.

    Fragility is a good example: it is a disadvantage for an object like a vase; it is not desirable that it breaks easily.

    However, fragility can also be an advantage: it makes concrete buildings much easier to demolish, since this material tends to break and fracture rather than warp.

    The same is true for several other properties, even corrosion resistance! Indeed, we prefer a car that resists corrosion, but we appreciate old buildings with roofs that oxidize easily, such as the green roof of Château Frontenac.

    In short, several other pros and cons could be given for each property.

    Do not hesitate if you have other questions!